The Nation's film critic Stuart Klawans is author of the books Film Follies: The Cinema Out of Order (a finalist for the 1999 National Book Critics Circle Awards) and Left in the Dark: Film Reviews and Essays, 1988-2001. His film criticism and reviews for The Nation won the 2007 National Magazine Award. When not on deadline for The Nation, he contributes articles to the New York Times and other publications.
Who are films like Speed Racer, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and The Edge of Heaven really aimed at?
Errol Morris's new documentary Standard Operating Procedure lacks critical distance but produces masterful evocations of Abu Ghraib.
In Flight of the Red Balloon, filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien takes on an unmistakably Parisian story with unbridled creative abandon.
Exploring the unexpected: Chop Shop, Paranoid Park, Vantage Point.
American movie-goers finally get to see Cristian Mungiu's stunning 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.
Laguna Woods, Calif.
Paul Thomas Anderson's masterful There Will Be Blood pits an oil baron against a preacher in an epic contest of wills.
Heddy Honigmann's documentary Forever visits the dead in Paris, but nobody grieves; James Mangold's 3:10 to Yuma pits an evil Russell Crowe against a driven Christian Bale.